The GENIUS NY program is back for another year!

GENIUS NY program

The GENIUS NY business accelerator competition is back for another year, with entries now open for teams to have their shot at winning up to $1 million. The accelerator is funded by Empire State Development and is run out of CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden incubator in Syracuse, New York.

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Geopipe receives $1 million from the GENIUS NY program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Geopipe as the winner of the GENIUS NY program with a grand prize of $1 million to create 3D models using drones. BotsAndUs, Droneseed, Eget Liber, and Skyy Network all received $500,000.

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More than 350 applicants for GENIUS NY. 12 semi-finalists to be announced this fall.

GENIUS NY, a business accelerator program at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden announced the application period for round three is closed. The program attracted more than 350 applications for this round, the largest number and most competitive in the competition’s history. Round three of the GENIUS NY program will run for 12 months. It is the largest business accelerator competition for the UAS industry in the world. Earlier this year FotoKite took home the one million dollar prize from Genius.

Genius NY finalist Dropcopter pollinates the first apple orchard in the world by drone

For the last 107 years, the apple orchard Beak & Skiff in Central New York has used bees to pollinate their apple trees. Each year, during spring when the orchards are in bloom there is only a short period that is the most optimal time to pollinate the apple trees. The success of the pollination is heavily dependent on the bee activity in the area. To take some of that uncertainty out of the equation, they tried something new this year. Fresh Fruit Operations at Beak & Skiff Orchards hired NY Genius finalist Dropcopter to pollinate their apple trees with a drone.

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